Iowa Learning Farms, along with Natural Resources Conservation Service and Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will host a cover crop, strip-tillage and water quality field day on Thursday, Nov. 30. The 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. field day will be held at the Roland Community Center. The event is free and open to the public and includes a complementary meal.

The event will feature Story County farmer, Brian Sampson, who grows corn and soybeans and manages a feeder cattle operation. As a participant in the Conservation Learning Lab Project, Brian has seeded cover crops and implementing strip-tillage on over 40 percent of the nearby research watershed acres. Brian will discuss his transition to strip-tillage and addition cover crops, as well as his experience with the conservation planning process with the NRCS and Iowa Learning Farms.

The agenda will continue with Matt Helmers, Iowa State University professor, and ag and biosystems engineer, highlighting the research behind the Conservation Learning Lab project, and leading a discussion of conservation practices that can help improve soil health and water quality. Mark Licht, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach cropping specialist, will lead a discussion on improving soil health with practices that reduce soil erosion.

The field day will be held at the Roland Community Center, 208 Main Street, Roland. The complementary meal will be prepared by Guys with Grills BBQ. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are suggested to ensure adequate space and food. Contact Liz Juchems at 515-294-5429 or email

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Established in 2004, Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, encouraging adoption of conservation practices. Farmers, researchers and ILF team members are working together to identify and implement the best management practices that improve water quality and soil health while remaining profitable. Partners of Iowa Learning Farms are the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (USEPA section 319) and Conserva­tion Districts of Iowa.